Get ready to hoon your thimble over to Mildura, because Hasbro has announced a special limited edition Australian Monopoly board, supporting the relief of Aussie communities after this hellish year. The ‘Australian Community Relief Edition’ has been created with a matching puzzle, featuring regional towns affected by the bushfires and COVID-19, like Noosa, Broken Hill and Mildura.
All purchases of the new products will directly support the Australian Red Cross, with $5 from every board purchase and $2 from every puzzle purchase going towards charity.
Sorry ACT, but two locations from your territory have landed as the cheapest spots on the board, while two Victorian regional areas, Mildura and Gippsland, will act as Park Lane and Mayfair respectively, which is what they deserve. Meanwhile, stations are iconic Aussie highways, and the utilities are conservation efforts.
“We wanted to provide Australians with something positive in the challenging year that is 2020, and highlight how incredible our own backyard is, whilst also supporting Australians in need,” said Charlotte Waalkens, a representative from Winning Moves Australia, who make custom boards for Hasbro.
“The communities chosen have all gone through a tough time for one reason or another, as everyone has in 2020, and we thought they deserved something special to remind everyone how incredible they are, and help inject some positive spirit.”
You can have a peep at the board for yourself right here.
Featured on the board are the following communities:
- ACT – Belconnen and Queanbeyan (Brown)
- NSW – Batemans Bay, Broken Hill, Blue Mountains (Light Blue)
- QLD – Bundaberg, Noosa, Winton (Pink)
- NT – Katherine, Tennant Creek, Palmerston (Orange)
- SA – Coober Pedy, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta (Red)
- WA – Kalgoorlie, Busselton, Karratha (Yellow)
- TAS – Port Arthur, Devonport, Strahan (Green)
- VIC – Mildura, Gippsland (Dark Blue)
Stations will now be Barkly Highway, Eyre Highway, Federal Highway and Brooker Highway, and the utilities will be now known as ‘Wildlife Conservation’ and ‘Habitat Conservation’, which we absolutely adore.
Chance and Community Chest cards have also been altered to suit Australian events, and the pieces are now iconic Aussie icons like the kookaburra, a thong, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a Sherrin footy.
For those of you who can’t engage the fam and friends with a game of Monopoly without the table being flipped, Hasbro is also slinging a 1000 piece puzzle of the exact same board, which is sure to keep you occupied for quite some time, but in a much more tranquil way.
Something tells me that fans of Monopoly are going to SMASH through this puzzle. Just watch out for those pesky all-white pieces.
As a Monopoly stan myself, I’m gonna snag both these babies, and then demand that I play the kookaburra piece every time.